Author Archives: Margaret Merry

About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.

Rincon de Almócita

Almócita is one of the prettiest little villages in La Alpujarra Almeriense and has a special ambience. We visit it regularly. The village has many attractive corners and narrow cobbled streets lined with pretty cottages which make interesting subjects to … Continue reading

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The Alhambra from the Albaicin

From the little squares of the old Moorish quarter of Granada, the Albaicin there are excellent views of the Alhambra on the opposite hillside. This is the little Placeta de Carvajales which I came across on my visit to the … Continue reading

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Carrera Del Darro, Granada

This is the first painting I have completed for several months. I was suffering from arthritis in my finger joints earlier this year which made painting painful. This has eased with the onset of warm weather and I recently visited … Continue reading

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  Pepe the donkey was grazing in a lane near my home when a black and white cat came out of a farm gate and approached him. They appeared to be friends as they touched noses and followed each other … Continue reading

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Pepé The Donkey

Another animal painting but this time I have used pastel which is my favourite medium for human portraits. I often come across Pepé, a six month old donkey, when I pass his yard and stable on one of my regular … Continue reading

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Jorgé the cockerel

I have just finished this oil painting of Jorgé, our cockerel. I enjoyed painting him as he is quite a colourful and striking subject and it made a change as it is the first oil painting I have done for … Continue reading

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Calle Fuente, Alhabia

This is the only watercolour I have managed to paint during the last six weeks. This is the street through which you enter my little town of Alhabia and it leads into the main square, Plaza de la Constitución, which … Continue reading

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